For those who remember my first post about UK Football’s first game… you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say “From Coal to the Lair”.
There were nerves heading into that opening game against Southern Miss. I thought for sure we were going to win, however, we found a way to lose. We got coal. It looked like the dream of getting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Lair from this Kentucky Football team this season was just going to be a dream… and not a reality. But then… Stephen Johnson happened.
Starting the season 0-2 (with a brutal loss at Florida) was the last thing the Cats needed to get the full buy-in from many wavering fans. However, the Cats pulled together and found themselves winning the next 5/6 games including a HUGE win against Mississippi State and an impressive road win against Missouri. The Big Blue Nation, in my opinion, was taken back by the success of Stephen Johnson as well as the true freshman Benny Snell. Once his number was called… Benny put his helmet on… and broke records.
Beating Austin Peay and becoming Bowl Eligible was the TMNT Lair that I had hoped for. As I was standing on the sidelines with the cold winds blowing in my face… I smiled cheek to cheek, because I just saw the unwrapping of an amazing gift. This Kentucky Football team was a gift to all who watched this season, but it didn’t end there.
We beat Louisville. You talk about getting the TMNT Lair for becoming Bowl Eligible, but then you add a win AT Louisville against the Heisman winning quarterback?!? What does that mean? That means we also got that TMNT Blimp!
Enjoy watching the Cats play in the TaxSlayer Bowl against GA Tech tomorrow at 11am. Win or lose… in my opinion… this season was a huge success. As a fan, my dreams were made into a reality… and I think we owe the whole Kentucky Football program a big “Thank you!” I feel bad for the guy who wrote me that he was going to disconnect his cable after the Southern Miss loss… he missed a heck of a season.
Oh yeah… I can re-watch this all the way up until next season
— Andrew Bishop (@andrewbishup) November 26, 2016